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"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"

~Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá’í World News Service
The Bahá’í World News Service reports on current Bahá’í activity around the world.

Youth Conferences

Message from The Universal House of Justice, the international governing council of the Baha’i’s,addressed to the 114 Youth Conferences throughout the World, dated 1 July 2013.

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The Baha'i House of Worship of India

The Baha'i House of Worship in New Delhi, which is considered as India’s symbol of communal harmony by the Government of India, was dedicated to the people of India and all humanity in December 1986.

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National News of the Baha'is of India

APPLICATION OF SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES IN DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSED

New Delhi, 25 August 2011 - - As the nation engages in a heated debate around the role of civil society in public life and the effectiveness of legislation in curbing the scourge of corruption, a group of people gathered today at the National Baha’i Centre to discuss the role of spiritual principles in development practice.  Their remarks centred around the release of the booklet May Knowledge Grow in our Hearts: Applying Spiritual Principles in Development Practice -The Case of Seva Mandir. 

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In new affront, authorities say they will bury an Iranian Baha'i as a Muslim

Baha’i World News Service
Baha’i International Community

In new affront, authorities say they will bury an Iranian Baha'i as a Muslim
10 August 2011

GENEVA — In an outrageous new incident of religious discrimination, authorities in the city of Tabriz, Iran, have refused to allow Baha'is to bury a relative in accordance with Baha'i law – and instead have promised to entomb the deceased woman without a coffin under Muslim rites.
"To anyone who understands the culture of the Middle East, the idea that the government would force a family to bury their loved one according to the rites of another religion is beyond the pale," said Diane Ala'i, the representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva.
She noted that according to Baha'i rites of burial, the deceased must be interred in a coffin, whereas under Muslim law, no coffin is used.

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At the UN and online, young people are talking about sustainable development

UNITED NATIONS, 31 July 2011 (BWNS) – Increasing numbers of young people are expressing their views about global problems – and how to solve them – in a wide range of settings.

That was among the insights that emerged at a workshop for young people held here titled, "Our Voices, Our Aspirations: A Youth Dialogue on Sustainable Development."

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Petition to the Iranian Government for Immediate Release of the staff and faculty of the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education

We, the concerned citizens of the Republic of India, wish to place on record  our strongest remonstration for the brutal and senseless persecution of the Baha'is in general and the academic staff and administrators of the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) in particular, in Iran.  The recent atrocities heaped upon this persecuted community, resulting in centrally orchestrated raids on 30 homes in different parts of the country and the arrest of 16 on 21st May, deserves the strongest condemnation from every upholder of human dignity and honour in India and the world.

We further wish to accentuate that the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education came into existence in 1987 as a non-violent, informal and constructive response of the Iranian Baha'i community to address the educational needs of its youth beyond high school. Since 1979 Iranian Baha'i youth have been systematically barred by your government from pursuing higher education  as part of your ongoing policy to keep your largest non-Muslim religious minority on the margins of society. The consequences of this policy of disallowing the Baha’i youth to have access to higher education will be detrimental not only for the Baha’i community of Iran, but also for the nation as a whole. Denying people access to education is a denial of their right to exist as free and productive human beings.

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Arrests are part of official campaign to block development of Iranian Baha'is

New Delhi, 26 May, 2011 –The raids carried out on some 30 homes of Baha'is, who were offering education to young community members barred by the government from university, is the latest action in Iran's ongoing policy to keep its largest non-Muslim religious minority on the margins of society.

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Baha'is have been systematically deprived of higher education. With nowhere else to turn, the community initiated its own educational programmes. "The Iranian authorities are clearly determined to make it impossible for the Baha'i community to educate its youth whose opportunities are blocked by the state," said Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations.
"Denying people the right to education is a denial of their right to exist as free and productive human beings – and to make a contribution to their society," she said.

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